Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Manchester United’s dismal home form so far this season, his side winless in all four league games at Old Trafford this season.
After a very short summer break, United kicked off the campaign with a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace, before following that up with an embarrassing 6-1 reverse to Spurs in their second game at home.
Since then, they’ve drawn 0-0 with Chelsea and lost 1-0 to Arsenal, their only victory on home turf coming in the Champions League in a 5-0 win over last season’s semi-finalists, RB Leipzig.
The Red Devils have a chance to finally get a home win under their belt when they host struggling West Brom this weekend, and speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Manchester United‘s home form to date.
“Home and away now is different, not like it used to be,” he said. “We’ve had four home games in the league, the first one we look at having no preparation and Palace deserved it. Tottenham deserved to win after Anthony sending off.
“In the other two games, if we had our fans, might have sparked that little extra X-Factor we needed in two close games.
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“Our best win this season was against Leipzig at home though. It’s something we want to correct and get our first win hopefully against West Brom but it’s a different sensation playing in front of the Stretford End without fans, they normally score a goal for us.”
The Norwegian reckons that some of his side’s struggles could be attributed to the lack of fans in stadiums.
”It’s not as easy as why don’t we win at home? Why don’t we do so well? Every game lives its own life, there are reasons behind that and, as I said, the best game we played at home this season was against RB Leipzig,
“Home and away is not the same, in Norway there are a few hundred fans and they help. Here it’s sterile.
“The Everton game last time out showed a Man United team as we want to see it. We scored some good team goals and I was very pleased with that last performance.”
It has been suggested that supporters may finally be able to return to stadia before the end of the year – albeit in reduced numbers, with United having published their plan to welcome 23,500 socially distanced supporters to their stadium once allowed – and Solskjaer admits that day can’t come soon enough.
“Yeah, it’s welcome news for the players and the club but the biggest plus is for fans that can come and watch games again, watching on TV, not getting close contact with players that you admire and adore, you’re a fan of a club for a reason and you love the players.
“Hopefully we can get back to that but it’s up to the government and society get the infection rate down in general because it’s an issue. “